MaBeer1972 (1512) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is another very nice beer from Anchor. Nice frothy head out of the bottle, clear copper color, and a wonderful smooth drinking flavor with just enough hoppy bite to keep things interesting. (Without being obnoxiously sticky). Delicious!
Ernest (6838) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (grain), lightly hoppy (apricot, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of tin. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. Tinny, raw, watery, grainy, vapid, unbalanced, whew...its bad points just go on and on. Just seems like a way of making a little extra cash from spent grains. How many people actually enjoy this and buy it regularly, I have to wonder.
ElGaucho (2319) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is the first Anchor product I haven't found myself to be enamored with. All of the flavor from the mash was taken for the Old Foghorn, leaving very little for Small. This is a very attractive beer aesthetically, with tons of visible carbonation and a large, thick white head that gives way to excellent lace. There is some bitterness, but it is dry and not very complex. Anchor's effort to use up spent grains and perhaps save some money on raw materials kind of back fired on this one.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is a beautiful beer: crystal-clear body and fluffy white head. Ooo. Doesn't taste so good: grainy as hell, no sweetness, no good flavor. Just ungood. I would really prefer Budweiser.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2003
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A great looking beer in an awesome bottle. Very grainy and aweful. I'm not sure why Anchor even makes this. Rather have a bud.
skortila (4867) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2003
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Sweet aroma, malty. not great. Appearance is okay, lasting head, golden to amber coloured. Clear. Taste is sweet, ugly malty, some hops, some fruits. Palate is metallic. It would have been better if they put the old foghorn in the big bottle and this 'small beer' in the small 0ldfoghorn bottle.
caesar (5879) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2003
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Definitely the worst of the Anchor brews i've tasted. Dark yellow color, quite big head. Aroma is skunky and hoppy. Taste is too bitter and sewer-water-like. Bitter palate. Why do they sell this crap in 0.5 liter bottles, and the nice old foghorn only in 0.25 liter?!
hopscotch (10210) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 This beer was my first small beer. It was my first "drain-pour" in quite sometime.
Horrible, thin and bitter from start to finish. Maybe my bottle was off. I don’t even want to give it another chance. Bought it at Sam’s in Chicago, IL. Horrible!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a clear light amber body topped by a thick rocky sustaining head with good lace. Slightly sweet and lemony hop aroma with a piney background. Slightly sweet yet very bitter hop flavor with a touch of lemon and piney notes. Light to medium bodied and slightly dry.
Andrew196 (1134) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden yellow in color, aroma was very boring and unoffensive. Taste was super clean, lightly sweetened malts....not a lot there. Tons of flavor for such a low ABV.